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Mom and Dad disappeared for hours today. When they came back, they had a brand new 2010 Honda Civic.

They gave me (or, more accurately, are letting me use) Mom's 2001 Acura. This is three days after I talked to Dad about using the settlement money from my car to buy a used ~2009 Kia, and he approved of the plan.

Their reasoning? "But you wanted the Acura!"

Yeah, until I had to start driving it again and discovered how grossly inefficient it is. Before I had the chance to upgrade to a newer, nicer, and still gas-efficient car -- one that had better than an average 22 mpg. My Honda made on average 33 mpg. Now I'm stuck with this car that really just makes me feel gross.

I understand why they thought this would be okay -- they own my 2001 Civic, not me, and I've been making noises for ages about getting one of the two Acuras. But seriously. My car got totaled. I fought to get a higher settlement than was offered. I just talked to Dad about getting a Kia with the settlement money. Then they turned around and did this.

I feel cheated. I was the one in a car crash. I was the one who lost a car. I was the one who managed to get over $700 more compared to the original settlement. They didn't do anything. They already had four cars -- four cars between the two of them -- in perfect condition. But Mom wanted a new car, and she is the one who gets what she wants.

Oh, and the kicker? They're always complaining about how oh-so-broke they are. They just bought a car for over $17,000. My settlement was $8000. They now owe ~$9000 in car payments. They just bought the Pilot last year and are still paying it off. And they're still working on payments for the Corvette that was bought ~2 years before that. If I'd gotten a used Kia, I could have bought one for ~$10,000, and owed only ~$2000 on it by using the settlement as a down payment.

But no. They went behind my back and did this.

I really honestly expected Mom to get a new car this weekend. I thought they would trade one of the Acuras in to get it. I didn't even consider that they would pull this BS, at least not without first talking to me about it. Even if they settlement isn't actually my money, I feel that they owed me that courtesy if nothing else.
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Work is disappointing. It didn't help that I wasn't feeling well all this week, but my female coworkers and I aren't clicking at all. I get along well with one of them, and my boss and the manager. Jen is nice an willing to talk to me, especially if I start the conversation. Kelly and Kathy will talk, but they're not as openly friendly, Jess and Anna even less so. I never see AJ, so that's moot, and Aaron's a quiet guy, not very talkative at all. Tristan, the one guy that I got along with well, quit coming even one day a week because his student teacher job turned into a real teacher job when the teacher he was helping went on maternity leave.

I always feel like I'm intruding if I try to join a conversation, and it generally doesn't last if I try to start one. I keep hearing them talk about plans that apparently everyone is invited to except me: Jess's birthday party, Kelly's trip to the snow, Kathy's birthday. I know I'm the new girl and they don't know me very well yet, but it hurts to hear Kelly say, "I want to go to the snow again -- want to go with me tomorrow, Anna?" while she's standing right next to me. Jess talked all about her extensive plans for her birthday party; she was taking a limo to a club with friends and something about VIP roof access or something and several people from work were going... I wanted so much to make friends at work, and after being there for two months I feel like just as much of an outsider as I was on my first day. I just want a few friends that I can see and have drinks and laugh with. Is that too much to ask?

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